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Top 80 Social Good Ideas in May

From School-Based Grocery Programs to Wage Gap Coloring Books

— May 14, 2016 — Social Good
From school-based grocery programs that provide healthy food for low-income families to wage gap coloring books that draw attention to income inequality, the May 2016 social good trends reveal unbridled creativity when it comes to addressing pressing social issues.

One issue that has recently gained a lot of attention is that of food deserts. This refers to neighborhoods that lack easy access to supermarkets and grocers selling fresh food. To combat this issue, organizations have come up with creative initiatives such as farmers market food trucks that travel directly to neighborhoods in need, school-based grocery programs that ensure students have access to inexpensive produce and community fridges that give the hungry access to leftover food.

Another issue that has received a lot of attention recently is that of the gender wage gap, which was brought to light by Equal Pay Day on April 12th. As the May 2016 social good trends demonstrate, many businesses drew attention to the issue by playing on the fact that women continue to earn just 79 cents for every dollar a man makes. Some examples of creative wage gap campaigns include adult coloring books with images that are only 79 percent completed, restaurant promotions only requiring women to pay 79 percent of their bill and pie chart-inspired cakes divided based on gender inequalities.
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College Athlete Payment Platforms
College Athlete Payment Platforms
The Player’s Bracket App Lets Fans Donate Money to Athletes
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Animal-Oriented Earth Day Celebrations
Animal-Oriented Earth Day Celebrations
The Toronto Zoo is Hosting Workshops for Earth Day 2016
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78
Educational Breakfast Programs
Educational Breakfast Programs
The 'Bookmarkers' Series Involves Book Presentations Over Breakfast
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77
Nonprofit Marketing Workshops
Nonprofit Marketing Workshops
'The den' Teaches Nonprofits Social Media Skills for Free
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76
Voice-Activated Helplines
Voice-Activated Helplines
This Digital Assistant Provides Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors
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75
Charitable Tree Planting Events
Charitable Tree Planting Events
This Annual Tree Planting Event Celebrates Earth Day in Toronto
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$30 Maternal Mobile Devices
$30 Maternal Mobile Devices
The Pregnant Women Initiative Spreads Knowledge With Pink Phones
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Charitable Phone-Providing Services
Charitable Phone-Providing Services
The 'Refugee Phones' Initiative Helps Refugees Stay in Contact
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72
Educational Aquarium Programs
Educational Aquarium Programs
The AquaTots Program Teaches Children About the Natural World
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Museum-Benefiting Tablets
Museum-Benefiting Tablets
This Special Edition Apple iPad Pro Tablet is One-of-a-Kind
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70
Toddler-Educating Apps
Toddler-Educating Apps
This Educational App Harnesses a Latin American Cartoon Star
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Sensor-Packed Vulture Eggs
Sensor-Packed Vulture Eggs
These Electronic Eggs Will Help Study Vulture's Habitats
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Veteran Finance Apps
Veteran Finance Apps
The Mobile Mission App Helps Military Personnel Transition to Civilian Life
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Indigenous Language Apps
Indigenous Language Apps
The Blackfoot Language App Could Help Preserve a Traditional Language
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Minority Investment Funds
Minority Investment Funds
The Focus Fund Help Startups Not Run by White Men in Big Cities
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Collaborative OCD-Awareness Initiatives
Collaborative OCD-Awareness Initiatives
This Platform Allows Users to Share Their OCD Experiences
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Costumed Adoption Campaigns
Costumed Adoption Campaigns
This Stunt Dressed Up Stray Dogs as Purebreds for Halloween
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Virtual Conflict PSAs
Virtual Conflict PSAs
This UNICEF Ad Uses a Virtual Girl to Highlight Kids Affected by Conflict
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Equalizing Bakery Promotions
Equalizing Bakery Promotions
This Bakery is Celebrating Equal Pay Day 2016 by Charging Women Less
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Kid-Friendly Earth Day Celebrations
Kid-Friendly Earth Day Celebrations
The Party for the Planet Event Celebrates Earth Day at Disney
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Student-Challenging Games
Student-Challenging Games
Quizlet Live Lets Teams Of Students Compete and Learn At the Same Time
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Inclusive Restroom Policies
Inclusive Restroom Policies
Target's New Restroom Policy Supports Trans Customers and Employees
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Single Women Campaigns
Single Women Campaigns
Skincare Brand SK-ll Brings to Light a Unique Struggle for Chinese Women
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Virtual Reality Field Trips
Virtual Reality Field Trips
Lockheed Martin Turned School Bus Windows into Panels for Viewing Mars
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Donation-Facilitating Apps
Donation-Facilitating Apps
The Drops App Makes Donating Money to Charity an Automated Process
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Dignity-Restoring Soup Kitchens
Dignity-Restoring Soup Kitchens
This Community Kitchen Serves the Hungry Restaurant-Style
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College Search Apps
College Search Apps
The 'Schoold' App Simplifies the College Application Process
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Sterile Solar-Powered Shelters
Sterile Solar-Powered Shelters
The Sterile Box Could Mitigate the Spread of Infections
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Cultural Children's Characters
Cultural Children's Characters
Zari is the Newest Sesame Street Muppet Hailing from Afghanistan
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Fast Food Film Studios
Fast Food Film Studios
These Artists Turned an Abandoned KFC into a Functional Film Studio
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Philanthropic Disco Runs
Philanthropic Disco Runs
CoppaFeel! is Throwing a Charity Fun Run and Silent Disco Hybrid
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Product Education Platforms
Product Education Platforms
The Theory Is Offers Product-Based Learning with Instructional Video
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Infant-Friendly Museum Tours
Infant-Friendly Museum Tours
This Museum Hosts a 'Baby & Me' Tour for Parents and Their Children
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Alternative Student Lending Services
Alternative Student Lending Services
'Climb Credit' is Working to Change the Student Lending Model
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Toddler-Friendly Nature Programs
Toddler-Friendly Nature Programs
The Sprouts Parent and Tot Play Program Helps Kids Explore Nature
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Education-Promoting Stationary Bikes
Education-Promoting Stationary Bikes
The Green Microcycle Allows Kids to Move as They Learn
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Community-Supporting Fridges
Community-Supporting Fridges
This Restaurant Owner is Donating Uneaten Food to the Hungry
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Refugee Home Rentals
Refugee Home Rentals
Two Bristish Creatives Post on Airbnb to Raise Money for Refugee Relief
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Girls Coding Camps
Girls Coding Camps
Victoria's Secret Angel Karlie Kloss is Running a Summer Code Camp for Youth
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Charitable Solar Lanterns
Charitable Solar Lanterns
The Dominican Light Project Powers a Nation With an Eco Lamp Solution
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Humorous Celebrity Sunscreens
Humorous Celebrity Sunscreens
This Charitable Sunscreen Brand Supports Victims of Skin Cancer
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Empowering Girl-Targeted Magazines
Empowering Girl-Targeted Magazines
This Print Magazine Aims to Empower Young Girls
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Machinated Learning Apps
Machinated Learning Apps
The Volley App Uses Machine Learning to Help Students
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School-Based Grocery Programs
School-Based Grocery Programs
The Food for Free Program Allows Parents to Shop for Healthy Food
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Conscious Clothing Boxes
Conscious Clothing Boxes
For Each Subscription Purchased, Kidbox Donates Clothing to Kids in Need
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Role-Play Language Apps
Role-Play Language Apps
The TerraTalk App Uses Interactive Scenarios to Boost Language Learning
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Baby Bride Campaigns
Baby Bride Campaigns
The Amnesty International Change Their Destiny Ad Addresses Burkina Faso
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Fashion Ad Music Videos
Fashion Ad Music Videos
The H&M World Recycle Week is Promoted Through M.I.A.
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Gamified Donation Apps
Gamified Donation Apps
The Givdo App is a Game That Enables Players to Make Charitable Donations
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Wage Gap Coloring Books
Wage Gap Coloring Books
This Adult Coloring Book from Bizwomen Comments on Pay Inequality
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Provocative Fair Trade Chocolates
Provocative Fair Trade Chocolates
These Easter Chocolates Highlight the Issue of Child Labor
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Modern Fairy Tale Books
Modern Fairy Tale Books
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Features Frida Kahlo & Serena Williams
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Blood Bank Delivery Drones
Blood Bank Delivery Drones
This Company is Using Drones to Deliver Blood to Rural Parts of Rwanda
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Wage Gap Cakes
Wage Gap Cakes
The Paul Bakery Marked Equal Pay Day with 'Bittersweet Pies'
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Conversational Language-Learning Apps
Conversational Language-Learning Apps
The 'Lingbe' App Connects Users with Native Speakers
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Interactive Science Exhibits
Interactive Science Exhibits
These Discovery Rooms Promote Adult-Child Interaction and Cooperation
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Income-Based Airplane Seating
Income-Based Airplane Seating
The Air Gini Seating Plan Reflects Income Distribution in the US
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Accessible Coding Devices
Accessible Coding Devices
The FUZEBOX is a Coding Gadget That Can Be Used with Nearly Any Device
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Earth Day Walking Tours
Earth Day Walking Tours
This Walking Tour Takes Participants to Green Sites Across New York City
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UAV Rescue Projects
UAV Rescue Projects
aeroSee Uses a Human Team As Well As a Search and Rescue Drone to Find People
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Bee-Supporting Lemonades
Bee-Supporting Lemonades
Mikaila Ulmer's Me & The Bees Drink is Contracted to Whole Foods
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Breast Cancer-Awareness Editorials
Breast Cancer-Awareness Editorials
The New Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Shoot Features Top Models
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Educational Fast Food Promotions
Educational Fast Food Promotions
This Chain Offers Free WiFi to Students Who Can Pass an Exam
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Revealing LGBTQ Posters
Revealing LGBTQ Posters
A Camera Flash Reveals More to This Supportive Ad Than First Meets the Eye
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Floating Urban Forests
Floating Urban Forests
'Swale' is a Floating Barge Topped with an Edible Forest Garden
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Crowdsourced Note-Taking Apps
Crowdsourced Note-Taking Apps
The Notestory App Helps Students Share Their Notes with Others
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Anti-Consumerism Ads
Anti-Consumerism Ads
These Ads Urge Creative Professionals to Fight for Social Justice
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Flood-Preventing Buildings
Flood-Preventing Buildings
The Artificial Wetland Flood Prevention Center Mitigates Rising Waters
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Student-Supporting Toothbrushes
Student-Supporting Toothbrushes
The 'Flooxa' Toothbrush is Designed by Students to be Beautiful
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Free Scar-Covering Tattoos
Free Scar-Covering Tattoos
Tattoo Artist Whitney Develle Covers Self-Harm Scars Free of Charge
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Human Trafficking Ads
Human Trafficking Ads
The Prefeitura do Recife Government Encourages Reporting This Crime
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Female Sanitation Products
Female Sanitation Products
The Yin Cup is a Modern Alternative to Napkins and Tampons
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Energy-Saving Houseboats
Energy-Saving Houseboats
The 'Dwelling for the Homeless' Vessel Design is Fossil Fuel-Free
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Reclaimed Tire Mosquito Traps
Reclaimed Tire Mosquito Traps
The Ovillanta Traps Are Made Out Of Discarded Automobile Tires
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Empowering Celebrity Lipsticks
Empowering Celebrity Lipsticks
MAC Cosmetics x Caitlyn Jenner Finally Free Lipstick is Altruistic
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Low-Cost Housing Designs
Low-Cost Housing Designs
Alejandro Aravena of Elemental Creates Free Public Housing
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DIY Plastic-Recycling Machines
DIY Plastic-Recycling Machines
The 'Precious Plastic' Project Encourages Plastic Recycling
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Farmers' Market Food Trucks
Farmers' Market Food Trucks
The FoodShare Truck Provides Low-Income Families with Fresh Food
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Eco-Friendly Refugee Housing
Eco-Friendly Refugee Housing
The 'Hex House' is Designed to be Sustainable and Low-Cost
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Stylish Vegan Bags
Stylish Vegan Bags
The MRKT Bags are Streamlined, Simple and Perfect for Everyday Use
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